Digicel celebrates 'Girls in ICT' with scholarship

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May 02, 2016
Contributed Lesley Miller, Digicel's Head of Products and Pre-Sales, chats with these young ladies from the Charlie Smith High School during the OUR's Girls in ICT Day Expo and Seminar, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston last Thursday.

Digicel Business has announced that it will be offering a three-year scholarship valued at US$3,000 (J$369,000) for young women to pursue tertiary level studies in the field of information and communication technology (ICT). The announcement was made during the Office of Utilities and Regulations' Girls in ICT Seminar and Expo last Thursday.

Digicel Business is also offering a three-month internship for the 2016 summer holiday period to one of the students attending the event.

"While ICT is traditionally considered a male-dominated field, we are seeing more and more talented young women showing interest and tremendous promise in this area," said Lesley Miller, head of business products and pre-sales for Digicel Business in Jamaica. "We want to support these young ladies, and give them a first-hand experience of what working in ICT is like."

strong support

Dr Andrew Wheatley, minister of energy, science and technology, commended Digicel, describing the initiative as strong support for Jamaica and the development of Jamaicans.

"This is an excellent initiative that will certainly go a long way in providing opportunities for our young ladies to get involved in ICT and get excited about the field.

It shows that Digicel is thinking outside of the box, and they are thinking about Jamaicans and the future of Jamaicans," said Wheatley.

The scholarship and internship come as part of the Digicel Group's overall support for International Girls in ICT Day, where the company is saluting its female employees across its 33 operations in the Caribbean, Central America and Pacific and thanking them for their role in helping to make the organisation and, by extension, the ICT sector a success.

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